Former garage site housing plan approved

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Plans for 12 houses on the site of a former garage in New Mills have been given the go-ahead.

The application, for the development of six one-bedroom dwellings and six two-bedroom dwellings on land on Hayfield Road, was approved at a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Monday.

Two applications to build apartments on the site have previously been submitted to the council and refused, while the latest application had been amended to reduce the number of dwellings from 14 to 12, councillors heard.

Speaking at the meeting, on behalf of the application, Bill Jennings said: “This is the third time we have applied for this site for social housing, which we believe there is a massive need for in my home town of New Mills. I hope the council follow the officers’ lead and approve it.

“These houses are actually two-storey houses as opposed to apartments, all will have their own front door and their own bedrooms.”

The garage on the site was demolished several years ago and the new application will see the creation of a single two-storey block fronting onto Hayfield Road.

Private amenity space for the residents and a total of 18 car parking spaces will also be provided as part of the development.

Cllr Alan Barrow said: “I do agree that it is a good site and I think we do need one bedroom accommodation.”

Cllr Lance Dowson said: “We have been here before and I thought here we go again.

“It is a brownfield site and I’m always pushing for brownfield sites to be developed first.

“When we say about affordable rents, who actually sets what an affordable rent is?

“I’m all for these in New Mills so young people can stay in the area rather than move out.”

And Cllr Bob McKeown commented: “The first time I visited this site was in 2004 and I’ve noticed a few changes over the years.

“One thing I always look at is how close to the town centre a site is and if it is sustainable with public transport, and this site is.”

Cllr David Lomax raised concerns about highways issues relating to the emptying of wheelie bins with only limited access to the site, but council officers said access had been designed so refuse vehicles would be able to enter and leave the property.

The application was approved with a number of conditions relating to areas including highway conditions, tree retention/protection and landscaping.